By Michael Smerconish

Posted: March 25, 2013

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called it an “autopsy.” The nearly 100-page report the RNC issued last week was a frank assessment not only of why Mitt Romney lost in November, but also why the Republican nominee lost the popular vote five times in the last six presidential elections.

The report offered 23 pages of recommendations, ranging from making the GOP the “growth and opportunity party” to developing “a national African American surrogate list.”

“And if there’s one message I want everyone to take away from here, it’s this,” Priebus said in releasing the report. “We know we have problems, we’ve identified them, and we’re implementing the solutions to fix them.”

Still, one important problem will not be solved by the recommendations: the influence of the party’s fringe.


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